Legislative Priorities Bullet List

​Our legislative priorities for 2017 include:

  • Funding for community colleges​
    • We are seeking $1.834 billion in general revenue f​or core operations, student success and instruction for community colleges.
    • SB 1 funded community colleges at $1.764 billion.
    • DCCCD received $179,301,855 – which includes special items.
      • Overall a 2.6% increase from the current funding level
  • Early childhood education: Sen. Seliger SB 2118
    • SB 2118 was passed in both the House and Senate.
    • Signed by Governor Abbott.
    • The bill will offer the choice of a quality, affordable bachelor’s degree in applied science, including applied science with an emphasis in early childhood education, applied technology or nursing.
    • It supports the governor’s mission of a quality pre-kindergarten.
    • This goal can be achieved without adding a fiscal cost for the state.
  • Workforce development: “Recruit Texas” Rep. Alvarado, HB 108
    • HB 108 was passed by both the House and Senate.
    • Signed by Governor Abbott.
    • We want to ensure that Texas remains competitive and is the No. 1 place for economic development and workforce training.
    • “Recruit Texas” allows Texas Workforce Commission to access skills development funds.
    • The funds will allow community colleges and businesses wishing to relocate to Texas the opportunity to recruit employees and provide safety training and leadership development.
  • Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
    • Funded at $3,856,647
      • Down approximately 10% from the current funding level
    • Statewide there are four SBDC lead offices; one is housed at Dallas College.
    • Serves 49 North Texas counties.
    • SBDC conducts research, counsels and trains business people in managing, financing and operating small businesses.
    • SBDC plays a pivotal role in driving the Texas economy by creating jobs and generating revenue for the state.